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Job Summary

An opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Psychologist to join the Multidisciplinary Team on the Macarthur Centre PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit).

You will join a fast paced MDT environment to work in the least restrictive way to support adult male service users presenting with acute and urgent care mental health needs.

Psychology has been well embedded into the foundations of the PICU, and as the Assistant Psychologist you will be supported by the Principal Clinical Psychologist to develop your skills in an inpatient environment in psychological assessments, formulation, care planning and brief psychological interventions.

There are also opportunities to work with the team to deliver reflective practice and support staff with their development and training needs.

We have strong links with local universities across the clinical, forensic and counselling courses. Relationships have been established with other organisations with connections into a national psychology group for Trauma Interventions in Acute Settings.

The successful candidate will be part of a group of urgent care Psychologists who are based across acute settings including CRHTT, acute in-patients, mental health liaison services and PICU. The successful candidate will be supported with clinical supervision and opportunities for CPD.

Main duties of the job

To support the Principal Clinical Psychologist in the delivery of specialist psychological assessments and interventions to clients with complex mental health conditions which may include challenging behaviours

To support the Principal Clinical Psychologist in the provision of psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other staff in the MDT

In line with the banding of the post and its service context, and under the supervision of the Principal Clinical Psychologist to be involved in:

  • Multi-disciplinary training and development
  • Service audit and development
  • Service evaluation and research
  • Bring an understanding of psychological change processes to own role within MDT

About us

Our Urgent Care psychology service (inpatient, crisis home treatment and mental health liaison services) has a reputation for its cutting-edge, innovative practice. Having been one of the first Trusts nationally to employ dedicated inpatient psychologists in the late-90s, and in the development of Crisis Home Treatment teams, we strive to maintain and continually improve our excellent service and reputation through our commitment to co-production, integrated multi-disciplinary team working, and our recovery-promoting drive. We are highly regarded by colleagues of all professions within our services and are the ‘go to’ people for complex problems and creative ideas to make a difference to our staff and service users.

Person Specification



  • Have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Psychology that allows Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) membership with the BPS


  • Registration with BPS
  • Evidence of ongoing study and development
  • Further qualifications relevant to the post



  • Must have experience of working as an assistant psychologist or equivalent


  • Experience of working with vulnerable people
  • Experience of research and audit
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working



  • Awareness of risk assessment and risk management relevant to the role
  • Knowledge of audit and research methodology
  • Awareness of social inclusion agenda
  • Awareness of evidence base relevant to the role



  • Communicate verbally and in writing effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in challenging circumstances
  • Respects and has awareness of the advantages of joint working with other experienced professionals in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team
  • Able to use and respond to clinical supervision effectively

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Closing Date: 11 June  2024

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